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Published on Aug 13, 2009
Thirty years since the first public acknowledgement of AIDS, a great deal of work still needs to be done. Today, every 9.5 minutes someone is infected with HIV in the United States.
What was initially thought to be a gay White man's disease is now a Black disease. While African-Americans represent only 12% of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of all HIV infections. The numbers are staggering: Black women account for more than 60% of all new infections primarily through heterosexual sex; Black teenagers make-up nearly 70% of all new AIDS cases reported. Why?
"Why Us? Left Behind and Dying" is the story of a group of inner-city teenagers who decide to find out why HIV/AIDS is so disproportionately high among black people. It takes courage: there's a terrible stigma around HIV in the black community. Told from their point of view, their journey reveals the various reasons why the disease is ravaging their community and hundreds of millions of people in Africa. They want to know, "Why Us? Left Behind and Dying."